EVERY Billboard #1 hit discussion thread 1958-Present

Discussion in 'Music Corner' started by alphanguy, Jan 29, 2016.

  1. sunspot42

    sunspot42 Forum Resident

    Location:
    San Francisco
    Oh, I think in the '70s they did almost as bad a job picking best new artist nominees as they did picking best new artist winners. Look at '71:

    Elton John
    Melba Moore
    Anne Murray
    The Partridge Family
    The Carpenters - winner

    The Partridge Family? Really?

    Or '75:

    Bad Company
    Johnny Bristol
    David Essex
    Graham Central Station
    Phoebe Snow
    Marvin Hamlisch - Winner

    Marvin Hamlisch even got a nom? Really? Bad Company?

    Even '76 is schizo:

    Morris Albert
    Amazing Rhythm Aces
    Brecker Brothers
    KC and the Sunshine Band
    Natalie Cole - winner

    Morris Albert? Really???
     
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  2. Hoover Factory

    Hoover Factory Old Dude Who Knows Things

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    Spokane, WA
    Wow! And I thought the Starland Vocal Band and Debbie Boone were atrocious selections! :)
     
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  3. Geee!

    Geee! Senior Member

    Here's the Canadian chart for the last part of "Up Where We Belong"s reign"
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    Outside of the Canadiana & few oddballs, there's not a lot so different from the US chart. There's a song on this chart which had already been a #1 track south of the border which was a little slower to hit here...I already puked about it, and a former Canadian #1 which will hit soon in the US.
     
  4. sunspot42

    sunspot42 Forum Resident

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    San Francisco
    All sorts of interesting music was coming out around this time - the early '80s doldrums were definitely over. Grace Jones had just released the second single from her last truly great album of the '80s, Living My Life, the wonderful slice of New York life "The Apple Stretching", written by filmmaker Melvin Van Peebles (Sweet Sweetback's Baadasssss Song).



    This got nowhere on the charts at the time, but I think it's one of the most memorable singles of the year and should have been a hit. Only Grace could have pulled this off.
     
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  5. Hoover Factory

    Hoover Factory Old Dude Who Knows Things

    Location:
    Spokane, WA
    Interesting. “Da Da Da” by Trio was a hit in Canada, like it was in most of the western world. I think it sold something like 15 million copies worldwide but I am not sure it even cracked the Top 100 in the US. The ultimate earwig song. Not sure that I even like it, but once I get it in my head, it stays there for days.

     
  6. sunspot42

    sunspot42 Forum Resident

    Location:
    San Francisco
    I don't think I ever heard this until mid-83, when Channel 61 fired up in Phoenix and started playing the video. It definitely became a local hit because of that. It was also the harbinger of a little German pop boom in the US that would last thru the middle of the decade, culminating in the first and only German language #1 pop hit in the US.
     
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  7. Hey Vinyl Man

    Hey Vinyl Man Forum Resident

    Have you listened to The Sting soundtrack lately? It's held up amazingly well. The only one of that bunch I might rate higher than Hamlisch is Phoebe Snow.
     
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  8. ronm

    ronm audiofreak

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    I'm with you on this,even as far as the mild fascination but this was a cringe worthy performance.The short early 80s hairdo didn't help matters.
     
  9. tmoore

    tmoore Forum Resident

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    Olney, MD
    I still maintain - it is SO much easier to criticize poor choices 40 years on than it was in January 19"whatever year you want".

    I wonder what some people here would have chosen if they were on the nominating committee for the best new artist of 2019. Wonder how right you would have been if we were discussing this in the year 2060. Do you see what I mean??
     
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  10. sunspot42

    sunspot42 Forum Resident

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    San Francisco
    I think when the most memorable thing about your soundtrack is a 70 year old Scott Joplin tune, you probably don't merit a Best New Artist Grammy.
     
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  11. Geee!

    Geee! Senior Member

    Pretty much sums that song up completely. "Da Da Da" peaked at #3 thanks to "Up Where We Belong" & "Gloria".
     
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  12. Jmac1979

    Jmac1979 Forum Resident

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    Louisville, KY
    "Da Da Da" had a second run in the states in 96-97 because of a Volkswagen commercial that proved popular enough that Island threw together a Trio "Greatest Hits" to cash in and it made the charts. A lot of us had no idea it was already a 15 year old song because it sounded remarkably fresh in 1997.

    The passenger in the commercial, Antwon Tanner, went on to play Skillz on One Tree Hill
     
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  13. John54

    John54 Forum Resident

    Location:
    Toronto
    At #25 is a good one -

    The Spoons, Arias and Symphonies:



    It's maybe not quite Nova Heart or (my favourite) No Electrons, but still very good and the title track off their LP
     
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  14. Hoover Factory

    Hoover Factory Old Dude Who Knows Things

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    Spokane, WA
    I remember the commercial. Hard to believe that it was done 23 years ago!
     
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  15. Hey Vinyl Man

    Hey Vinyl Man Forum Resident

    If your soundtrack sparks the biggest interest in its genre in 70 years, and if you did the arrangements and also composed some new songs that were so stylistically accurate listeners couldn't tell they were new without looking at the writer's credit, I don't see the problem.
     
  16. W.B.

    W.B. The Collector's Collector

    Location:
    New York, NY, USA
    Now as to "Up Where We Belong": This has to be the most successful chart single to Buffy Sainte-Marie's credit, as she was the co-writer of this - along with Jack Nitzsche and Will Jennings (not Waylon). More so, it would seem, than what (by all the covers over the years, including Elvis) would have been her signature tune, "Until It's Time For You To Go." They would win an Oscar and Golden Globes Award for this - and Mr. Cocker and Ms. Warnes, a Grammy.
     
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  17. Jmac1979

    Jmac1979 Forum Resident

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    Louisville, KY
    Right. This was what it was about before it turned into a s**t show. I actually don't have a problem with ATOH and they were certainly better than the 76 and 77 Best New Artist winners... it's just that hindsight is a bitch and a year that launched a substantial number of Hall Of Fame acts (Kate Bush isn't a Hall member but many have argued for her inclusion) lost when they turned out to be some of the biggest and most influential names of the next 10-15 years.
     
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  18. sunspot42

    sunspot42 Forum Resident

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    San Francisco
    The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame doesn't get it any better than the Grammy Best New Artist awards, and the Hall has the benefit of decades of hindsight. So.:shrug:
     
  19. alphanguy

    alphanguy Forum Resident Thread Starter

    Location:
    Missouri
    Next is "Truly" by Lionel Richie, #1 from November 21 - December 4, 1982.

     
  20. sunspot42

    sunspot42 Forum Resident

    Location:
    San Francisco
    For a year with so much interesting stuff going on, so much tedious crap managed to top the charts. It's sorta the reverse of 1981, where the #1's were generally vastly superior to the rest of the countdown.

    I was so sick of Lionel Richie and these **** ballads by this point I spun the dial the second I heard some of his crap fire up. Who the hell was listening to this elevator muzak?
     
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  21. sunspot42

    sunspot42 Forum Resident

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    San Francisco
    Oh, and it's caterwauly, too.

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  22. Jrr

    Jrr Forum Resident

    His Can’t Slow Down album flew off the shelf when I owned a record store. I’m sure the women loved his stuff. I thought it was okay but hard to listen to now. Especially Truly.
     
  23. Grant

    Grant Just me

    Location:
    United States
    I am very surprised this song hit #1!:eek: It doesn't even sound like a #1 to me. It's not a bad song, and I like it, but it's a very unlikely song to hit the top spot, at least on the pop chart.
     
  24. pablo fanques

    pablo fanques "Mr. F!"

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    Poughkeepsie, NY
    Yeah when I think back on Lionel’s run this couldn’t be further from what comes to mind. I started to lose track of what topped the charts from this point until 1986 or so outside of the obvious ones. This one definitely wasn’t obvious
     
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  25. W.B.

    W.B. The Collector's Collector

    Location:
    New York, NY, USA
    In a way, "Truly" to me sounded like "Son of 'Still'."
     

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